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Friday, November 4, 2011


"It takes me three weeks to prepare an impromptu speech." --Mark Twain

Making a speech with little or no preparation is impromtu. That does not mean making it up on the spot. Impromptu speaking is an organized as any other speech. Take time to organizer your thoughts, use the designs/structures/formulas that you would use in any informative, persuasive or other form of speaking, and if needed, jot down a few notes. The key is that there is little or not time for planning and rehearsal.

Impromptu Speech Tips

Impromptu speaking can be mastered if you use some fundamental techniques:
First and foremost, take your time. If you go blank, (which usually happens in transitions)--use the five second stall. You could say something like, "I have often wondered about that," or "I am glad you asked that question." or "Did you ever wonder. . . .?"

Second, talk about something you know and care about. It can be anything or any type of speech as long as it meets the speech time and content requirements as discussed in class.

If you give yourself about five seconds you will always have something to say.

Remember to get our attention and introduce what you will talk about (introduction), talk about your topic (body), summarize what you talked about and leave us with a memorable close (conclusion). Connectives are a great way to keep your speech moving.

Take your time, be creative and have fun.

FUNdamentals of impromptu speaking:
1. State your viewpoint in the early stages and start strong.
2. Choose a specific illustration, experience or example.
3. Don't try to cover too much ground.
4. Absolutely never apologize.
5. Finish conclusively.

"It takes me three weeks to prepare an impromptu speech." --Mark Twain

First posted 10-10-2008

Final Exam Study Material and Course Review Links (part 1)


From: Sheree Wilson

AT&T  2 Commercials
Pay Rate: Union rates
7 principal parts
5 men, 1 woman

Click "read more" for details...non-union will be considered after union talent has "read."

Three strikes for Romney?

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney said recently that nobody should attempt to “stop the foreclosure process” for Nevadans about to lose their home.

Mitt’s just fine letting homeowners be foreclosed on by banks as a solution to the housing crisis. He actually said that instead of help, we should let Nevadans at risk of foreclosure “hit the bottom.”

Mitt is also talking about eliminating all funding for public broadcasting, a move that will leave us the only industrial nation in the world that does not support education and information based programing, cause the loss of thousands of jobs and shutter entirely stations that provide news, children's programming and other services, leaving large geographic areas uncovered by public broadcasting.

Not to mention social programs cut, despite his advocacy of the same programs while he was the governor of a state.

Google TV to compete with Cable

Internet giant Google Inc. is considering a plan to offer paid cable-TV services to consumers, a move that could unleash a new wave of competition within the traditional TV business.
Google has looked at ways to expand a previously announced project to build a high-speed Internet service in Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., adding video and phone service in a mirror of offerings from cable and telecom companies, according to people briefed on its plans. As a result, Google has discussed distributing major TV channels from companies like Walt Disney Co., Time Warner Inc. and Discovery Communications Inc.

Read more:

Box Office Race of Taste this weekend, Google takes on networks and cable, Can a Western Succeed on AMC, Tower Heist tops Hollywood weeked news.

Company Town

The business behind the show

From the LA Times Company Town Blog (click here for latest entertainment industry news).


Box office heist. Universal's "Tower Heist" starring Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller is expected to steal the top spot at the box office this weekend. Industry estimates have the robbery comedy taking in more than $25 million. The other big opening this weekend is the latest installment of New Line's "Harold & Kumar" series. This one -- "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas" -- is expected to take in $16 million. Personally, I think I would have waited a few more weeks to release this one. Despite what retailers and studio executives think, Nov. 4 is a little early to start the Christmas hype. Box office previews from the Los Angeles Times and Variety.

Google TV. Search-engine giant Google is once again toying with being a distributor of content through its own broadband system, according to the Wall Street Journal. Of course, Google would first have to build said delivery system and would still have to shell out the same prices that cable and satellite distributors pay for content. It is hard to imagine that Walt Disney Co., for example, would sell ESPN on the cheap for a Google broadband service. The play for Google is that it would give it an in to the television advertising market and the subscription TV business. Will it mean lower costs for consumers? Don't hold your breath.

Don't let the door hit you. Beryl Cook, the head of human resources for Rupert Murdoch's media giant News Corp., is resigning from her position. Normally, the departure of a human resources executive, albeit one for a global media giant, doesn't rise up to the level of the Morning Fix. However, Cook is more than just an HR exec. She was a close confidant of James Murdoch, who is currently at the center of the phone-hacking scandal that led to the demise of News Corp.'s News of the World tabloid. She was seen as a key team member of what's been described as a shadow government the younger Murdoch was setting up in anticipation of his rise to the top of the company. More from the Los Angeles Times and New York Times. Separately, News Corp. is also setting up a settlement program for phone-hacking victims. Details from Bloomberg.

Wild West. Once upon a time, the western was a staple of the television business. There was "Gunsmoke," "Bonanza" and "Rawhide." More recently though, the western has proven a hard sell to TV audiences. AMC will take its shot this weekend with its new drama "Hell on Wheels." A look from USA Today.

Do as I say, not as I do. Producer and manager Gavin Polone has a few choice words about Michael Moore in the new edition of the Hollywood Reporter. Moore, Polone writes, is a "phony" like many others in Hollywood who "claim to be liberal, caring, green and unaffected by their wealth and fame but in reality are just as self-centered and addicted to their huge, over-air-conditioned living spaces and private planes as those at whom they point their fingers." Don't hold back, Gavin.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Betsy Sharkey on "Tower Heist".  Laemmle Theaters is shutting down the Sunset Five, but fear not, Sundance Cinemas is going to take over and renovate. Still, it is a blow for indie cinema.

-- Joe Flint

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From the LA Times Company Town Blog (click here for latest entertainment industry news).

Will Rogers Birthday Remembered

Today in Labor History: Populist humorist Will Rogers was born on this day near Oologah, Indian Territory (later Oklahoma). One of his many memorable quotes: “I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat.” (1879)

Fall Back...Spring Forward...

Turn clocks back one hour early Sunday Morning....

Warning from a famous Arizona Senator and Republican Presidential Candidate (1964)